The Scholars’ Path On Harris

This walk was a circular route on South Harris, walk number 5 in our trusty Cicerone guide. About a third of the route follows an old 19th century pathway that linked a couple of settlements, and was the journey that the schoolchildren used to walk every morning and evening, to and from school.

It started out though, with us parking up on a section of the Golden Road, just north of Greosabhagh. The Golden Road itself, of course, is a piece of history. Built in 1897 to link the settlements of the East coast of the island, it cost an incredible amount of money to build – hence its name.

On leaving the van, we walked up the road a short way before heading to the west and up the rocky slopes of Grosa Cleit.

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We didn’t have wall-to-wall sunshine on our wander this day, but nevertheless it was still dry and cool – a perfect temperature for a good walk in fact.

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Grand views from the summit had us lingering a short while, before picking our way down the other side, eventually meeting up with the south shore of Loch Airigh Iain Org.

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And a short bit of bog trotting then took us to a couple of hundred yards of tarmac, before linking up with the Harris Way for a few miles.

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This section of the walk took us on an ancient pathway down towards the tiny settlement of Caolas Stocinis – very pleasant walking taking us past both a ruin of a blackhouse

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and a large, derelict chapel.

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On heading into the chapel for a look around, we soon headed straight out – dragging Tilly with us – as it was full of her favourite stuff! Various sheep bones, bird skeletons and muck!

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We stopped for sandwiches and Scooby snacks just before the buildings of Caolas Stocinis came into view.

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And just above the settlement we turned left and picked up the section of track which the children used to follow when journeying between Caolas Stocinis and Greosabhagh.

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The next couple of miles were an absolute delight.

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I would have been in my element walking to school and back every day along this route.

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Geoff, on the other hand, said he’d have never gone to school……

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The dogs just thought it was brill.

And after we finally dropped down into Greosabhagh, there was just a short hop along the tarmac again to get back to the van, where afternoon tea, cakes and Jumbones awaited.

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About chrissiedixie

Love being out on the moors and mountains, backpacking, dogs, travelling generally. Favourite place in the world - Yosemite National Park. Retired teacher and ex Mountain Rescue Deputy Team Leader. Married to Geoff, who puts up with all sorts.
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14 Responses to The Scholars’ Path On Harris

  1. Some great photos and video. You really had some good walks on this trip!

  2. surfnslide says:

    Another in the series “cracking walks in the Hebrides”

  3. I’m with you Chrissie – those kids had what must be the best walk to school in the UK, though I bet they didn’t appreciate it at the time.

    • You can just imagine the various antics you’d have got up to on the way home, can’t you? Tadpoling, snowballing, rolling in the grass – there’d be something for every season!

  4. I also think it would have been a great walk to school. Wouldn’t have been quite so nice in the daily winter hurricane-force winds though for several months solid.

    Never knew that’s why they called it ‘The Golden Road’ – always thought it was just because it was scenic!

  5. Dawn says:

    Harris is now on my must do list.

    • Hi Dawn, good to hear from you. Sorry to hear about your challenge ending prematurely, but I trust you’re now feeling much better. Hope you enjoyed the helicopter ride though – I’ve always had a bit of a thing for male flight crew in jumpsuits……….. 😉

  6. beatingthebounds says:

    Jumbones?
    No – don’t tell me, I can probably guess. Looks like another fine walk.

    • When you get your dog (which the kids would love to have, don’t forget), you’ll understand just how important Jumbones are in the general doggy scheme of things…… 😀 😀

  7. Oh how school days have changed……

    Lovely photos of superb countryside.

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